Dental Care

Dental care at Clent Hills Vets

Clean teeth and healthy gums are key for long-term dental health and wellbeing. This should be a combination of regular home cleaning if possible, and more thorough dental care at the vets.

Did you know that around 80% of cats and dogs over the age of 3 have some degree of gum disease? if left untreated, gum disease can develop into more serious conditions affecting the heart, liver, kidneys and brain.

Prevention is definitely better than cure when it comes to oral health in our pets and a combination of regular home care, cleaning products and occasional veterinary treatment can help your pet avoid unnecessary pain, discomfort and disease. 

It’s important to check your pet’s teeth regularly at home for signs of gum disease, and our team can show you how to do just that. The most common and obvious signs of gum disease are bad breath (this is not normal), red inflamed gums, and a build-up of yellow/brown tartar on the teeth.

If your pet won’t allow you to check their mouth safely, you should make sure to book a dental health check every 6 – 12 months with your vet.

Dental Care at Clent Hills Vets

  • Dental procedures in cats & dogs are typically done as a day case and will require a general anaesthetic. This is so your pet’s teeth can be worked on safely and in a sterile environment. Our surgeries have modern dental machines and equipment for descaling, polishing and removing teeth to improve dental health. We also have a dental x-ray machine to check the health of the teeth roots and examine bone loss as a result of gum disease.

  • Rabbits and small furries will generally maintain their own teeth through the correct diet. If they need a little help, we have an air driven burr that is used for maintenance of the front teeth (incisors). This procedure can usually be done consciously during a routine consultation. For a more thorough investigation of your rabbit’s or small furry pet’s back teeth, they will require a general anaesthetic. Ask our team for advice.

Recommended Cleaning & Check Ups

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Rabbits & Small Furries
  • Reptiles & Exotics


We recommend home cleaning daily if possible, plus 6-monthly dental check ups to help your dog' teeth & gums stay healthy.

There are a variety of products available for home cleaning, as well as alternatives such as dental chews and toys if cleaning proves difficult.

You can book a 1-2-1 appointment with a nurse if you would like more advice on how to clean your dog's teeth.


You are likely to have the best success of cleaning your cat’s teeth if you start this when they are a kitten. Otherwise, there are gels and specific foods you can try. Ask our team for advice.

We recommend getting your cat’s teeth checked at annual booster time and when you bring them in for 6-month check ups.

Rabbits & Small Furries

We recommend getting your rabbit or small furry pet’s teeth checked thoroughly every 12 months when you bring them in for their annual booster. If your pet is having trouble eating this may indicate a problem with their teeth so you must bring them in to see us straight away.

Reptiles & Exotics

Exotic pets should have their mouths examined as part of an annual health checkup. This is just a precaution to make sure everything is ok, however, some species including; ferrets, hedgehogs and bearded dragons may require dental cleaning just as a dog or cat would.

We may recommend for some exotics of the scaled variety, that you will need to see an specialist exotics vet outside of our practice.

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